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Swine Flu Shots Now Available For All Ontarians

Everyone in Ontario who wants the H1N1 flu shot can have it starting Thursday.

That’s the word from Health Minister Deb Matthews, who says each of Ontario’s clinics will offer the vaccination to anyone who wants it.

Calling the move “a big step forward,” Matthews says officials were able to open the clinics to the general public earlier than expected because they are now confident there will be enough vaccine.

She says the immunization campaign is the largest ever held in the province, with 2.5 million people vaccinated in just three weeks.

And even if you’ve already suffered with the virus, you should still get the vaccine. 

“People who think that they’ve had the flu, most of the time will not have actually had the H1N1,” added Dr Vivek Goel, Ontario Agency for Health Protection.

Previous weeks have seen vaccinations limited to priority groups such as health-care workers, pregnant women, children and people with underlying medical conditions.

But this week at least 17 health units in the province began offering the H1N1 vaccine to the general public.

Toronto threw its doors open to everyone Wednesday afternoon, quickly drawing long lines of people who expressed relief.